Don't worry, everyone. Jerry Jones and the Cowboys plan to keep DeMarcus Lawrence in Dallas at all costs.
According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the team hopes to strike a long-term deal with the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end before March 5, but will not hesitate to use the franchise tag on him for the second year in a row if they absolutely have to.
Lawrence has made it clear that he has no intention of playing under the tag for another season and plans to sit out of all team activities if a long-term contract is not reached.
Lawrence made $17.1 million under the tag in 2018 and would be in line to make $20.5 million next year.
Talking with people around the league, DeMarcus Lawrence is near consensus as the top FA.— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) February 15, 2019
Thought is he'll eclipse $100M in total value if he hits market or hammers out deal with #Cowboys.
Without a doubt, Lawrence is very important to what the Cowboys want to do defensively. His pass rushing ability, combined with Dallas' stellar linebacker play and lockdown coverage from cornerback Byron Jones, helps to make the Cowboys defense formidable at all three levels.
Hopefully the 'Boys and Lawrence can come to terms before things get ugly in the offseason. Le'Veon Bell may have set a new precedent after sitting out all of last season for similar reasons.